Frank Burkett and Perry Perrement in the Maryborough Catholic parish hall preparing for the Sew PNG soup night.
Frank Burkett and Perry Perrement in the Maryborough Catholic parish hall preparing for the Sew PNG soup night. Valerie Horton

Soup not just a winter warmer but a fundraiser

COMMUNITY group Sew PNG is using homemade soups to not only chase away the winter blues but to raise money for a charity which organisers say has "hit a chord with the people".

The group will be holding its biggest annual fundraiser next Saturday night when it offers not only a selection of soups but fresh crusty bread and desserts. Other entertainment is also planned for the night.

Sew PNG organiser Pat Burkett said this was the third soup night, and the events were proving to be a big hit.

"All our soups are home-made by our volunteers," she said.

"Our group started in 2011 and we have continued to send pallets of clothing and school supplies to remote villages of New Guinea.

"We have sent two pallet loads of goods so far this year."

Mrs Burkett said it was amazing how it had touched a chord with people.

"It's amazing the amount of support we receive from the public when they find out what we are doing."

She said while the soup nights were the biggest fundraiser, other events were also held to raise money.

"We hold a sausage sizzle at Greg's IGA every so often as another way of raising funds.

"All the money goes to help defray the shipping costs from Townsville to Port Moresby and customs duty which is payable in PNG."

You can help

  • Donations of clothing and fabric are welcome
  • Clothing suitable for babies to adults is always needed.
  • Everything is recyclable
  • Phone 41212579 for information, to volunteer or to arrange collection

Event

  • The Soup, Crusty Bread and Dessert Evening will be held at St Mary's Parish Hall, Bazaar St, Maryborough, on June 28 from 7pm. There will be tea and coffee, music, raffles and a mini tombola. Cost is $10. Book a table on 4121 2579.

Sew PNG

  • Members make clothing for women and children in the Tufi area of Oro province in Papua New Guinea. They also send school supplies and stationery to three of the schools in the area.


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